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by Christopher Lewis



Have you ever wished for a new beginning? You started out full of ambition and hope, but nothing turned out the way you thought it would. Everything you hoped for fell apart.

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by Christopher Lewis



A Christian in Nazi Germany had a lot to say to American Christians today.
Deitrich Bonhoeffer, who ended up being killed by the Nazis before World War II was over, spoke about the politics of Jesus.

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Celebrating Advent

IN THE December 7 ISSUE

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“And the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a loud command…” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Advent is what we call the season when we are reminded that we are waiting for the Savior. In the Old Testament, the people of Israel were waiting for a Messiah, the anointed one from God who would come to save them. That Messiah was Jesus, and He came quietly and very few noticed.

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The Election Results

IN THE November 10 ISSUE

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Well, the big day has passed, and we have had another presidential election in the USA. How do you feel about the results?

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by Christopher Lewis



There is a certain brand of “Christianity” I have seen which makes me very, very sad. It’s a mind-set held by some within certain church circles that is about as contrary to the mind-set of Christ as one can come. It’s a mentality that basically says, without going so far as to use these words, “Jesus loves everyone, but he loves me most.” Another way of referring to it is to call it what it is: sheer racism.

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Is Jesus A Good American?

IN THE September 22 ISSUE

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What does it actually mean to be a Christian in America? I have traveled across a lot of the country and talked to a lot of church-people about their faith. What I’ve discovered is interesting.

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by Christopher Lewis



“I’m a Christian who is against social justice,” is what one Christian basically said in a discussion I once heard about Christians’ role in social justice. To be honest, the comment made me sad. It made me sad because I know that there are a number of church-people out there who would agree with this statement even though it is in direct opposition to the teachings of the Christ they seek to follow.

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Your Kingdom Come

IN THE June 16 ISSUE

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When Jesus’ disciples, the men who travelled together with him for three years to learn under his tutelage, asked him to teach them how to pray, he gave them a very interesting model prayer. It’s one that has been prayed by many throughout the centuries, though I fear that many pray the words without really grasping what they mean.

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The Walls of Bitterness

IN THE December 24 ISSUE

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I was reading over people’s statuses on Facebook lately and was amazed at how much hate and bitterness I saw. I read statements by conservatives expressing their disdain of liberals, statements by liberals expressing their disapproval of conservatives, statements by independents claiming the moral ground over both parties, Christians talking down on non-Christians, non-Christians talking down on Christians, and the list goes on…

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by Christopher Lewis




I never imagined that doing Christian ministry in Mexico would result in helping somebody look for drugs and weapons, but that is exactly what happened last week. I was stopped at a military checkpoint just north of Puerto Peñasco, Mexico (also known as Rocky Point). The soldier said, “Open the door, please.” Then he proceeded to look my car over for signs of drugs or weapons as he asked me a few routine questions.

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by Christopher Lewis



Studies have shown that our prevailing emotions have the power to have a direct effect upon the physical condition of our heart. One of the ways this happens is through what doctors call our “heart rate variability.” Emotions such as appreciation, joy, and love create a spectrum on the heart rate variability EKG tracing. These attitudes or emotions help a person to enter into a healthy state called “entrainment” in which our nervous systems are fully balanced. This allows our body to have the right balance of stimulation and relaxation and contributes to better health.

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by Christopher Lewis



Father’s Day is a hard day for many people. It’s a day set aside to honor fathers, but the reality is that many of us don’t feel like honoring our fathers. Why? Because many of us have not been given a very good image of fatherhood. For many, the term “father” refers to a man who abandoned us when we were small. For others, it brings to mind an angry man who beat us or a perverse one who abused us.

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